Growing up in South Africa in the late 70’s, Howard spent his days hanging out in his missionary Dad’s recording studio listening to the sounds of African village choirs being mixed for the radio. That early introduction to the technical side of music sealed his fate. As a teenager back home in Canada, he played in his share of garage bands but knew that he really wanted to be on the other side of the mixing board.
Howard went on to play bass in the 90’s with Canadian indie band, Veal, but almost immediately began making his real mark as a producer, mixer, and engineer. Best known for his production and mix work with Tegan and Sara, and The New Pornographers, Howard is also known for helping to shape the sound of artists such as Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, and The Zolas.
Howard has been at the helm of Grammy nominated records (Tegan and Sara, Margaret Cho) as well as Juno award winners (Nathan). He has also had the privilege of contributing significantly to albums that have ranked in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “top 50 albums of the year” – in 2003 (New Pornographers’ Electric Version), 2004 (Tegan and Sara’s So Jeaolous), and 2005 (New Pornographers’ Twin Cinema), as well as 2009’s “100 Best Albums of the Decade” (New Pornographers’ Electric Version).